The former Olympian now based in California, United States made a big statement penultimate Saturday when he stopped his opponent Gabriel Pineda at Crompton Arena, Medford, Oregon during their scheduled six round bout.
Rasheed a multi decorated boxer during his amateur days in Nigeria had made a tentyative start to his pro career in the US after drawing his debut fight against Zachary Cooper last November.
The former Lagos State champion had to go back to the drawing board with his trainers before coming out tops against Pineda whom he battered in the second round of their bout by inflicting a deep gash on his left eye.
But the American who only dropped his first professional bout against Rasheed survived and fought back to the very end.
Lawal who now expects to fight again in the next few months assured Complete Sports during a phone chat last week that he will improve on his performance.
“My mission in the US will not be complete if I don’t win a world title, this is just the beginning, I hope to get better and better in my subsequent bouts.”